Supreme Court to Hear Memphis Case Next Week

The U.S. Supreme Court next week will hear arguments in a wrongful death suit over a West Memphis, Ark., traffic stop that led to a chase into Memphis, where police gunfire killed an unarmed driver and his girlfriend, the Commercial Appeal reports. On March 4, attorneys representing the city of West Memphis and six officers will try to convince the nation’s highest court that the pursuing officers are shielded from prosecution. Shelby County prosecutors previously charged three of the officers with reckless homicide, but in 2008 they were given two years of diversion, which they completed. All six officers were then sued in the civil action. The U.S. District Court in Memphis and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled that the officers are not shielded by qualified immunity.